THE WITTON COLUMN - by Paul Harper

IT’S been a really good week at Witton Albion. Victory over Scarborough Athletic followed some positive news from off the pitch, so there has been plenty to be cheerful about.

Let’s begin with that win against Scarborough.

It wasn’t quite as exciting as the game a week earlier against FC United of Manchester, but Carl Macauley’s side were dominant and thoroughly deserved to take all three points.

It was always going to be a difficult game.

The Seadogs have been struggling for form and so they tried to make the game as scrappy as possible, but Witton battled through that and scored some excellent goals to ensure the victory.

Billy Smart made it three goals in his last three appearances with another lovely strike, Will Jones scored a fantastic free-kick and, after some good work by Kyle Sambor who was brought down inside the area, Adam Anson coolly despatched a penalty.

As it happens, that game brought about a change of manager for Scarborough as John Deacey has since departed, and they looked a side devoid of confidence.

For Albion, it moves us up a spot in the league standings to eighth and keep us in close check of the teams above us in the table.

Off the field, there was some positive news too as chairman John Salmon announced a number of partnerships which have been developed and one which is to be continued.

Witton Albion has linked up with Playmaker to provide player data in games for all our teams from the first team down to the youth team.

They provide an exceptional product and service which will really benefit all our teams, so we’re looking forward to working with them.

The club also now has an official travel partner in Not Just Travel.

By the time you’re reading this, there will be details of how supporters and the club can benefit from this agreement on the club website and our social media channels.

And the agreement with Northwich Victoria to groundshare at Wincham Park has been extended until the end of the 2021-22 season.

This brings in important income, while Vics also provide excellent support to us for the stadium’s maintenance to help us ensure we have a fantastic facility for both Albion and Vics supporters.

Finally, after the Scarborough game, we staged the premiere of the pilot episode of sitcom mockumentary “The Albion”.

To see the fruits of James Kennedy and Adam Jump’s labour, filmed at the club, was fantastic.

It was an incredibly funny half-hour and we wish them well with their project.

Let’s hope for another good week, with the team on the road at Hyde United on Saturday.